Thailand airports prepare for full reopening to foreign visitors

Thailand’s airports are preparing for the full reopening of the country to foreign visitors in four months, a goal set by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday, according to Deputy Transport Minister Veerasak Wangsuppakitkoson, as he met with the Department of Airports (DoA) on Thursday.

DoA Director-General Apirat Chaiwongnoi said improvements have been made to airport terminals and runways, while extensive COVID-19 preventative measures have been prepared. Priority is now being given to larger airports, such as Krabi.

Bookings have been made for 64 flights per week in and out of Krabi Airport between October 2021 and March 2022. The flights are both domestic and international. Among airlines operating the flights will be AirAsia, Spring Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

Thailand is to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists, without quarantine requirements, starting on the resort island of Phuket, on July 1, under the “Phuket Sandbox” model. Details of the project are expected to be finalised next week. Other tourist destinations, such as Bangkok, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Hua Hin, are expected to follow the same model later.

Source: Thai PBS World